Treat Cystic Acne with Levulan
Doctors of California Laser and Cosmetic Center offers far more than hope
and a prescription. While you may have been told that Accutane is the
only solution for your severe acne, we offer a combination of Levulan
with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) that rivals the efficacy of Accutane without
the internal side effects. Photodynamic acne therapy involves the application
of Levulan ( 5-aminolevulinic acid), a photosensitizing agent, which is
then activated with blue light. This results in significant improvement
in moderate to severe cystic acne.
How does Levulan and Blue Light Acne Work?
Blue Light Levulan acne treatment involves three mechanisms of action against
acne. Levulan treatment deactivates the bacteria that trigger acne, removes
the top most layer of skin to unclog pores, and the most exciting mechanism
is that Levulan treatment shuts down the sebaceous glands in the skin.
This is exciting because sebaceous glands are the root cause in the formation
of acne so it has a long lasting effect even on severe acne. Resistant
and Cystic Acne frequently fails to respond to traditional over the counter
measures of control. It works even better than oral antibiotics and topical
lotions. A safe topical two-step treatment which chemically coats and
then destroys acne bacteria offers a new solution to an old problem.
Can’t Get Rid of Acne with Traditional Methods?
While Levulan is safe, we strongly urge patients to exhaust conservative
methods of acne treatment including proper cleansing, exfoliation, benzoyl
peroxide, retinoic or salicylic acid topicals, as prescribed by their
physicians, before resorting to photodynamic therapy, laser or photoactivated
Levulan™ (Levulinic acid). Dr. Gutman only recommends Levulan and
Photodynamic Treatment (L-PDT), when traditional prescription and other
the counter methods such as Minocycline, Doxycycline, Proactive have failed.
Although they are helpful in the treatment of cystic acne, they are not
usually sufficient to provide adequate control. Left untreated, cystic
acne will almost always leave permanent scars on the face or other affected
areas such as the chest and back. An acne sufferer, therefore, suffers
twice. Once with the active acne and then with embarrassing and sometimes
with disfiguring scars.
Win the War Against Severe Acne with Levulan
Appropriate, timely and sufficient acne treatment brings great relief on
both levels by minimizing the acne and thus preventing the scarring that
would otherwise come from it. The positive emotional impact of controlling
acne is immeasurable. Dr. Gutman will apply the light-activated Amino-Levulinic
Acid (Levulan, the liquid agent that penetrates the offending acne cells)
and then chooses Blu-U light to turn on the action. The activated Levulan
selectively destroys acne bacteria and shrinks overactive oil glands which
supply nutrition for acne bacteria. We suggest two Levulan treatments,
two weeks apart for initial treatment. Subsequent maintenance treatments
are usually required. The impact on acne is immediate and long-lasting.
Levulan PDT is the “WMD” in the war against acne and if used
appropriately, will improve acne conditions faster and more completely
than any other treatment available.
Dr. Gutman must analyze your skin in a separate consultation prior to treatment.
Dr. Gutman may recommend a course of actions for treating your severe
cystic acne, and a package of treatments to clear up your skin and remove
acne scars. Dr. Gutman is more concerned about achieving results, rather
than selling individual procedures and will create a customized plan for
your needs at a price you can afford. Schedule a
Free Consultation with Dr. Gutman.